I’ve been having this massive, internal struggle.
I agree that a company has a right to refuse payment toward birth control.
Hear me out before you get shouty. I’m not against birth control. I’m pro-choice. In ALL matters. I believe in a PERSON’S right to do what they want pertaining to their lives and bodies, so long as it doesn’t harm others or break laws.
So when Hobby Lobby took their plight to the U.S. Supreme Court, I wasn’t thrilled. But when the Court determined that it was their right to refuse birth control, the liberal world went guns blazing in attack mode. And I started feeling this unyielding urge to agree with the Court’s decision.
I couldn’t figure out why.
I don’t believe that anyone should be denied birth control…and quite frankly, with this decision, no one is being DENIED anything. Employees of a known religiously-motivated company will not have their birth control paid for by the company.
The aforementioned employees are not being told they’ll be tested for use of birth control or fired for using it. The company doesn’t want to pay for it.
If you don’t agree? Don’t work there.
But we’re missing the point.
There is a MUCH bigger issue here than birth control or the idea that this is about women’s rights. Because it’s not. Healthcare in the United States is tied to employment.
TIED TO OUR JOBS.
Pissed-off liberals will tell you that the employers just gained the right to tell employees what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
But you know what?
Employers have had that privilege for YEARS.
I was on birth control for almost 10 years. Never. NOT ONCE was it covered by my insurance. Not even partially.
Currently, I use several medications (unrelated to contraceptives, but related to my well-being and ability to function on a daily basis). Because some of these drugs are available over the counter, I can’t even use my HSA (which is SUPPOSED to cover medication prescribed by a doctor) to purchase them.
Additionally, my current employer will only insure my prescription drug purchases as long as I don’t use one of the big four pharmacies in the area. Because they are direct competitors with my company. Did you hear that? Let me repeat it for you. My company is dictating WHERE I can make my prescription purchases.
Because health care is tied to our jobs.
I spent the better part of my twenties uninsured. I didn’t go to the doctor. I didn’t take care of myself with regular checkups because I couldn’t afford it. Was I unemployed the entire time? No. I worked part-time jobs, freelanced, waited for grace periods at new jobs.
The Obamacare plan was a step in the right direction, but it was just a step. Babies don’t start walking and run a marathon the next day.
The Supreme Court is right.
Why is the government forcing these mandates on companies? Because from where I’m standing, companies shouldn’t be in control of insurance. They need to regulate insurance companies (or do away with them altogether). The government should be making healthcare the same for everyone. Employed. Unemployed. Religious. Non-religious. Sick. Healthy. All health services should be readily available AT THE SAME COST for everyone.
Insurance is a big fat multi-billion dollar operation. These companies make COMMISSION on you. They’re gambling on your health. They “negotiate” prices with doctors’ offices and hospitals to give you a “discounted” rate…except that many times, you’ll get a better rate if you DON’T have insurance. Or if you qualify for Obamacare. I’ve discovered, after talking to several people, that some insurance plans available through employers cost the same, or more, but offer fewer benefits than Obamacare. And yet people who are offered “reduced-rate” insurance through their employer don’t qualify for a reduced-rate Obamacare plan.
There are still problems with the system, but we’re moving in the right direction.
So maybe both sides of this debate should stop worrying about one company’s beliefs and a single court ruling, and instead, they should worry about the bigger picture. Because this isn’t about women or contraception or religion. This is about corporate entities having control over ALL of our medical decisions.